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Commerce Department

(Daily News)
September 16, 2020

Unless the Commerce Department’s steel and aluminum tariff exclusion process is significantly improved, companies will continue to encounter delays in obtaining relief from Section 232 duties, the Government Accountability Office said this week.


(Daily News)
September 15, 2020

Following consultations with the Canadian government, the U.S. will refrain from imposing a 10 percent tariff on non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum from Canada, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday.  


(Daily News)
September 14, 2020

The Commerce Department and the Russian government have reached a preliminary deal to extend and amend a suspension agreement capping uranium imports from Russia through 2040.


(Daily News)
September 11, 2020

A teenager in Oklahoma uploads a video of herself mimicking the latest dance craze to an app on her phone. Is that a national security risk? Should the government ban the app?


(In Trade)
September 11, 2020

Noting the administration has said one reason it needs broad Section 232 authority is “flexibility in case of an emergency,” Ernst and Grassley say “there’s clearly one now.”


(Daily News)
September 03, 2020

The U.S. trade deficit jumped by nearly 20 percent in July from the previous month to the highest total in more than a decade as the country continues its erratic economic recovery.


(Daily News)
September 02, 2020

The Bureau of Industry and Security is focused on countering China’s military-civil fusion strategy as it grapples with the country as threat to the United States’ economic and national security, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and acting Under Secretary for Industry and Security Cordell Hull said on Wednesday.


(Daily News)
September 02, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s new plan to address the complaints of southeastern seasonal growers about their Mexican counterparts is “politically motivated” and positions the U.S. as an untrustworthy trading partner, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, which represents importers of Mexican produce, said on Wednesday.


(In Trade)
September 01, 2020

USTR will work with producers on an ITC effort “to monitor and investigate imports of strawberries and bell peppers, which could enable an expedited global safeguard investigation later this year.”


(Daily News)
September 01, 2020

An advance notice of proposed rulemaking issued last week by the Bureau of Industry and Security was broad in scope and did not delineate a definition of “foundational technologies” that need stricter export controls, but analysts believe the agency is laying out a path for a narrower definition to eventually be enforced.


(Daily News)
August 30, 2020

President Trump has tightened a quota on semi-finished steel from Brazil, pointing to a contraction in the U.S. steel market this year and “significant changes” since the countries agreed to the arrangement in 2018.  


(Daily News)
August 28, 2020

Witnesses at the Trump administration’s recent hearings on the impact of seasonal produce imports from Mexico on the U.S. industry presented no real evidence that investigations or restrictions would be justified, a Mexican official told Inside U.S. Trade on Thursday, saying the issue has become “political” in an election year.


(Daily News)
August 27, 2020

The tech industry is bracing for a Commerce Department interim rule on securing the nation’s information and communications technology supply chain despite requests for a supplemental notice to allow for additional comments.


(Daily News)
August 26, 2020

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security on Wednesday published a long-anticipated draft advance notice of proposed rulemaking on “foundational technologies” and asked for industry input as the agency crafts a definition for the term, which was not clearly delineated in the notice.


(In Trade)
August 26, 2020

Ross: “The entities designated today have played a significant role in China’s provocative construction of these artificial islands and must be held accountable.”


(Daily News)
August 24, 2020

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel on Monday ruled the U.S. inappropriately applied countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber, prompting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to hold up the ruling as an example of the flaws of the WTO’s dispute settlement system in claiming the U.S. would “reject” the verdict.


(Daily News)
August 20, 2020

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday pleaded for help from lawmakers, agriculture industry representatives and farmers as the administration works to develop a “realistic” solution to their longstanding concerns that imports of seasonal products from Mexico are harming the U.S. industry.


(Daily News)
August 18, 2020

The Trump administration should not pursue a trade agreement with Taiwan if doing so could derail discussions with China, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters on Monday.


(Daily News)
August 18, 2020

Hoping to prevent Chinese telecom giant Huawei from circumventing U.S. export controls, the Commerce Department on Monday announced it would broaden its foreign direct product rule to capture more U.S. exports, sparking an outcry from the semiconductor industry.


(Daily News)
August 13, 2020

The Commerce Department on Thursday proposed changes to regulations steering antidumping and countervailing duty enforcement, contending they will boost the agency’s ability to address circumvention and the effectiveness of trade remedy proceedings.


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